A square pouffe.
French erotica, Biederer Studio (c. 1930s)

A pouffe, also spelled pouf and also known as a tuffet, ottoman or hassock, is a large, thick, padded cushion used as a seat or for resting one's feet on (as a kind of footstool). It is typically cylindrical, cubic, doughnut or flattened-ball shaped, and stuffed with padding that is hard enough to provide good support when a person sits on it - harder than that of an ordinary cushion. Hassocks are also comfortable to kneel on, which is why they are used in places such as churches.

There are no back or arm rests, so a pouffe is a bit like a low and padded stool, or a padded version of a block. It either has no visible legs at all (although it may have an internal wooden frame to give it rigidity), or has short legs at its base.

The outer material is usually some strong fabric or leather. The pouffe is a very popular item of furniture in Arabic and Arabic-influenced countries.

Pouffes in spankingEdit

A pouffe, especially a big, high and hard-padded one, can be used in various ways as an item of spanking furniture. It is very well-suited for the bent-over-object position. Another position is to let the spankee kneel on the pouffe and then place his/her hands on the ground, resulting in the buttocks sticking up high in the air. This latter variant is used in the very first spanking scene of the spanking novel The Old Rectory:

"Come here and turn around. " She motioned me to a large soft pouffe. "Put your hands on your head and keep them there".
I then felt her hands grip the waistband of my underpants and swirly felt them pulled down to my knees.
'Kneel on the pouffe Master Henry. Go forward with you hands on the floor and stick your bottom right up in the air. Keep your legs together and remain still." I could feel my shirt being rolled up my back and tucked under my jacket and now felt terribly exposed - which of course I was and could only guess what was about to be inflicted on my bare behind. (The Old Rectory, Chapter 1 "Arrival")

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